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General Requirements

The following are general requirements that may be required in addition to your credential program requirements. These requirements, if applicable, must be met and on file in the Credential Center during and/or prior to completion of your credential program and recommendation.

Basic Skills

The California Education Code and Title V Regulations specify, in most cases, that applicants for a credential, certificate, or permit to serve in the public schools of California must verify basic skills proficiencey before the credential, certificate, or permit will be issued. For Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential Candidates, the basic skills requirement must be met prior to being assigned to daily responsibility for whole class instruction in student teaching or serving as an intern. However, institutions may require the basic skills requirements prior to program enrollment. Please contact your program office for more information.

Options for satisfying basic skills requirement:

  1. Pass CBEST
  2. Pass CSET Multiple Subjects PLUS Writing Skills Examination
  3. Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations
  4. Achieve Qualifying Score on the SAT or ACT
  5. College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
  6. Pass a Basic Skills Examination from Another State


English Score

Math Score

Documentation Accepted


Score of 22 or above

Score of 23 or above

ACT copy of official passing scores

AP-Advanced Placement

Score of 3 or above on one of the following:

  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition

Score of 3 or above on one of the following:

  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Statistics

College Board copy of official passing scores

CBEST-California Basic Education Skills Test

Total score of 123 or higher = Passed

  • Passing score on each section = 41
  • Not possible to pass if any section score is below 37

Copy of official passing status

CSET-California Subject Examinations for Teachers

Passing scores on subtests 101, 102, 103, and 142

Copy of official passing status

Educationl Testing Service

EAP-CSU Early Assessment Program

“College Ready” or “Exempt”

“College Ready” or “Exempt”

Letter on Educational Testing Service letterhead verifying passage of both sections

Educational Testing Service

ELM-CSU Entry Level Mathematics

EPT-CSU English Placement Test

Total score of 151 or above on EPT

Score of 50 or above on ELM

  • Exam date after 03/2007, printout of online score report indicating it has been printed from the CSU EPT/ELM website and is acceptable verification of meeting the basic skills requirement
  • Exam date before 03/2007, a letter on EPT/ELM score report paper with the student’s scores, and the CSU seal as an embedded watermark


Combination of EAP and EPT/ELM exams; Candidate must pass an English section AND a Math section

See appropriate category above


See Commission Leaflet CL-667 for list of approved Out-of-State examinations


Score of 500 or above on “Critical Reading” or “Verbal” (prior to 03/2005)

Score of 550 or above

College Board copy of official passing scores

Helpful Resources:

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Certificate of Clearance

A Certificate of Clearance is issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to credential program candidates. Title 5 regulations require that an application for Certificate of Clearance be filed to determine whether or not a candidate meets the state standards for character and fitness to teach in California’s public schools. A Certificate of Clearance is valid for five years.

To apply for a Certificate of Clearance, please follow these three steps:

Please note; this is a brief guide. For a complete step-by-step guide, please refer to the “How to Submit your Online Application” video and downloadable pdf on the CTC website.

Step 1 - Complete the fingerprinting process

  1. Go to: www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/fee-and-fingerprint.html
  2. Download the 41-LS form from the table
    1. Complete sections 3 and 4 (sections 1 and 2 should automatically populate)
    2. Print 3 copies
  3. Take the 41-LS forms to an agency providing Live Scan fingerprinting services.
    1. Your fingerprints will be transmitted electronically to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Step 2 - Apply for a Certificate of Clearance

  1. Go to: www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/submit-online.html
  2. Click on Submit Your Application Online
  3. Create/login to your profile on the secure Educator Page by entering your Social Security Number (SSN) and Date of Birth (DOB).
    1. If this is your first time logging in to the CTC website, you will need to enter your SSN and DOB again
      1. Click Create Person and enter your information
      2. Click Save
      3. Click Next
    2. If you have already created a profile, verify that your information is correct. Click on the Edit button if you need to make any changes to your profile. Make sure to click Save, if changes are made.
      1. Click Next
  4. Under Web Applications click Create New
  5. Using the drop-down arrow under General Application Category select Certificate of Clearance/Activity Supervisor
  6. Using the drop-down arrow under Document/Authorization Title select Certificate of Clearance
  7. Scroll down and click Next
  8. Continue to follow the instructions, answering all Professional Fitness Questions
  9. Complete the Oath and Affidavit section
  10. Click Submit Payment
  11. Continue to follow the instructions to pay for your certificate

Step 3 - Viewing your Certificate of Clearance

Approximately two to four weeks after filing your Certificate of Clearance application, you can monitor your status online.

  1. Go to: www.ctc.ca.gov
  2. Click on Credentialing Information
  3. Click on Educator Login, enter your SSN and DOB
  4. Click OK and your personal information should appear
  5. Click Next
  6. Under the Document section, you should see your Certificate of Clearance document
  7. Click on the document number to view/print your Certificate of Clearance

For a downloadble version of the above listed steps, please click on the link below:

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Program Standard 10, “Preparation for Learning to Create a Supportive, Healthy Environment for Student Learning,” clearly states that all candidates recommended for a preliminary teaching credential must have CPR certification, which satisfies criteria established by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. These areas include infant, child and adult CPR. The CPR requirement must be met through a hands-on, classroom course. On-line courses are not acceptable.

Submit a copy of the front and back of your CPR card to our office for verification. You must sign your card before copying. CPR cards must be valid at the issuance date of the credential. Please note that agencies issue CPR cards with various validity periods, so plan accordingly.

Below is a list of agencies that our office has compiled. You are not limited to these agencies.

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U.S. Constitution

California Education Code Section 44335 requires all candidates for a Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Education Specialist, or Designated Subjects Credential to demonstrate knowledge of the United States Constitution by completing a college level course, or a college level examination in the subject. This requirement must be completed before the credential can be granted. The U.S. Constitution requirement can be met by successful completion of one of the following:

1. Graduation from a university within the California State University (CSU) system.

2. Completion of a course on the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution taken at a regionally accredited college or university.

  • At CSULB, you may take either Political Science 100, or Political Science 391
  • Verify a course taken at another college or university meets the requirement by contacting the Credential Center. Please provide a transcript showing completion of the course and a copy of the course description, if possible.

3. Pass an examination on the Provisions and Principles of the U.S. Constitution offered by a regionally accredited college or university. Institutions offering an appropriate college-level examination are:

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last updated — Jun 5, 2017